BlackBerry Earnings Preview: Q1 2014

| About: BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY)

By: Todd McDonald, Analyst


BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) is scheduled to report 1Q 2014 earnings before the market opens on Friday, June 28, with a conference call to follow at 8:00 a.m. EST. Results are expected to be available at 7:00 a.m. EST. The market is likely to focus heavily on the BlackBerry 10 unit sales this quarter.

Outliers & Strategy

  • Adjusted Earnings Per Share: According to Zack's Investment Research, the consensus estimate is $0.14, near the lower end of the -$0.07 to $0.72 range.
  • Revenues: Consensus estimates are for revenues of $3.438 bln, towards the midpoint of the projected range of $2.721 bln - $4.31 bln. Revenues have beaten analyst estimates just 3 out of the last 8 quarters.
  • BlackBerry 10 Unit Sales: This will be the first quarterly report to have a meaningful BlackBerry 10 measure. Analysts estimates appear to be consistent:
  • Goldman Sachs: 3.5 million units -
  • RBC Capital Markets: 2.75 million - 3.5 million units -
  • Wells Fargo: 3.5 million units -
  • Implied Volatility: Over the past eight quarters, the average absolute move one day after earnings are released was 13.29%. Using options premiums, traders are expecting approximately an 11.27% absolute move.

Recent News

  • 06/25: BlackBerry announced the release of its new enterprise software called Secure Work Space for Apple and Android devices. The new offering separates work and personal apps to combine security and user experience.
  • 06/24: Goldman Sachs reiterated its Neutral rating and $17 price target on BlackBerry, according to a post on The firm believes that the Q10 model sales will be solid, which were unavailable during the May quarter, leading to a $0.16 earnings per share estimate, which is above consensus.
  • 06/20: According to a post on, Jefferies reiterated its Buy rating and $22 price target. The firm cites strong results from two of BlackBerry's primary manufacturing partners, Jabil Circuits (NYSE:JBL) and Wistron Corporation. Jefferies checks of carrier stores also showed that many stores had just a few devices in their inventory or were completely sold out.
  • 06/19: Sanford C. Bernstein downgraded BlackBerry to Underperform, and lowered its price target to $10 from $15, according to a post on Analysts believe that the market has priced in the BlackBerry 10 launch.

Technical Review

BlackBerry shares have formed a symmetrical triangle, trading around the 50-day SMA throughout the year. The consolidation pattern indicates that a breakout could happen either way, making the upcoming report crucial if it breaks. Should earnings surprise to the upside, look for initial resistance at the $15-level, followed by the descending trend line near $15.50. If earnings disappoint, potential support is near $13.50, followed by the 200-day SMA near $12.50. (Chart courtesy of


The upcoming earnings release for BlackBerry will focus heavily on the sales of new phone offerings (Q10 and Z10) that run on BlackBerry 10 operating system. With a very wide range in earnings estimates, look for results in all of the key measures towards the low or high ends of the ranges to create a directional reaction to the release. Be sure to listen in on the conference call for any color on how consumers have reacted to the new products available.

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